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Transfer Opinion: Should This English Target Man Stay With Liverpool For The Next Season?

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Ings joined the ranks of Liverpool from Burnley at the start of the season. The Englishman featured in 5 games in the league for the Reds and also managed to score 2 goals. With the arrival of Jurgen Klopp a lot was expected from Danny Ings but unfortunately, he picked up a critical anterior cruciate ligament injury in his first training session under the new manager. This injury came as a big blow to the manager and the fans as Ings was sidelined for the entire season.

Danny Ings

Danny Ings

Current Scenario

Since the departure of Suarez, Liverpool have clearly lacked that magic up-front. In the 2013-14 season, Liverpool had scored a tremendous number of goals with the tally of 101. They could manage only half the number in the next season and this season also, the statistics look pretty much the same. Also, the percentage of goals from set-pieces and inside the box has dropped for Liverpool. If we look at the number of assists as well, there has been a significant drop as compared to the 2013-14 season. Liverpool’s main man upfront – Daniel Sturridge was suffering from injuries for the majority part of the season. Danny Ings was brought to Anfield with the intention to provide that attacking depth in the side and also to support as a second striker for the Reds. Benteke showed lackluster performances and the injury to Ings meant that Klopp had to rely on the likes of Origi and Firmino up-front for some games.

Should Ings stay?

Danny Ings had a quality 2014-15 season with Burnley, where he scored 11 goals and provided 4 assists. Brendan Rogers had expected Ings to go out all-guns-blazing at Liverpool. As per the reports, Ings is expected to recover from his injury by the end of April. Now, the question Jurgen Klopp faces is whether he should utilize the services of Ings for the next season or let the player go. Liverpool are expected to shell out a lot of individuals in the front with the likes of Benteke and Balotelli almost certain to go. Recently Sturridge was also approached by PSG with a staggering amount. If these deals do happen over the summer, Liverpool will need a lot of manpower up-front. Danny Ings can certainly be one of them in a supporting role to the key striker. Jurgen Klopp is aware of his attacking abilities and should have his faith in the 23-year-old and give him one more season to prove his worth.